Grants-In-Aid / Background


The General Assembly of North Carolina enacted Senate Bill 852 [Session Law 2004-189], which established the North Carolina License To Give Trust Fund and a 15 member Commission. Details of this legislation may be found at the North Carolina General Assembly website at

Purpose of Grants and Relevancy

Grants will be awarded based on their relevancy to the powers and duties outlined in NC General Statute § 20-7.6. “Awarding grants-in-aid to non-profit entities to conduct education and awareness activities on organ and tissue donation and advance care planning.” The purpose of the education and awareness activities on organ and tissue donation is to increase and/or improve organ, tissue and eye donation in North Carolina. The purpose of education and awareness on advance care planning is to encourage thoughtful end-of-life decisions including organ and tissue donation as a significant consideration in this process of advance care planning in North Carolina. Grants will be considered for but are not limited to the following areas as they relate to the purposes stated above:

  • Implementing general education and community outreach.
  • Targeting education to multicultural populations.
  • Supporting partnerships committed to organizational and community change.
  • Collaborating between agencies and organizations that develop statewide initiatives for change.
  • Networking with other foundations, trusts, and commissions to enhance the overall outcomes of this funding.


Grant Proposals will be accepted from North Carolina based non-profit organizations meeting the grant criteria and all provisions of North Carolina General Statute § 143-6.2 which can be found at….

For more information about the 501 (c) 3 federal designation, please click the following link:,,id=96099,00.html.

Also for more information, visit the NC Center for Nonprofits frequently asked questions link at .

Types of eligible non-profit entities might include but are not limited to Organ Procurement Organizations, Tissue Banks, Eye Banks, Coalitions on Donation, Advance Care Planning and End-of-Life Organizations, Schools, Colleges and Universities, Civic Organizations, Faith Communities, Museums and Libraries.

Grants-in-Aid Funds

It is expected that approximately $300,000 will be available each year for grant-in-aid awards. The Commission has the final decision on the amount of funds that will be awarded in each grant cycle.

Strict adherence to the current requirements is necessary for consideration.

Grant Submission Process

The process for applicants requesting grants-in-aid is done in three phases:

  1. Letter of Intent - LOI
    All applicants will submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) as part of the initial review process. See Appendix A for details on the requirements for the LOI submission. All applicants will be notified of the results of the initial review.
  2. Full Application - FA
    Applicants who pass the initial review process will be requested to submit a Full Application (FA). See Appendix B for details on the Full Application requirements.

    The Full Application will be reviewed and grants-in-aid will be selected and awarded based on acceptable project criteria, merit, implementation capability, funding availability and expected outcomes impact on North Carolina. Final decisions on the grant awards will be made by the License to Give Trust Fund Commission.

    All applicants submitting a Full Application will be notified of their approval or disapproval.

  3. Agreement and Release of Funds
    Organizations awarded a grant-in-aid will be notified and appropriate documents sent for their signature. Grant-in-aid funds will be released once the documents are returned and are in order.